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An excerpt from Lloyd Newson's ENTER ACHILLES (1995), performed and created by DV8 Physical Theatre, directed by Clara van Gool.
A funny, cruel exploration of the male psyche, Enter Achilles is set in a typical British pub, a shabby,
nicotine-stained boozer. Pop songs tumble out of the jukebox, there is football on the TV,
and the eight men lark around, pint glasses in hand. But their blokish fun is balanced on a knife-edge
of tension, for beneath the mateyness lurks a disturbing undercurrent of paranoia and insecurity,
where weakness is brutally exploited and violence covers up vulnerability.